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David Pollak: San Jose Sharks ousted from Stanley Cup Playoffs
“In a span of less than three minutes, two Los Angeles Kings goals ended the dream that this might be the Sharks’ year after all.”
-Game story

David Pollak: Logan Couture played with sprained ankle since Game 3
“The Sharks’ leading goal scorer this season, Couture left Game 3 four minutes into the second period after getting tangled up with Kings forward Jeff Carter. Couture came back for one shift in the second period, skated an even nine minutes in the third, then scored the overtime winner for a 2-1 San Jose victory.”

David Pollak: Looking at what went wrong, debunking one theory and an injury debate
“Every game — or series — between evenly matched teams comes down to a handful of plays. As Todd McLellan noted last night, the Kings got their first goal on a broken-stick shot that throws everything off and their second when a line stayed out on the ice too long and the Sharks couldn’t recover. Those aren’t excuses, they’re explanations.”
-Blog post

Mark Purdy: Game 7 silences Sharks
“Instead, it ended the way Thornton’s previous seven seasons have ended in a San Jose uniform, with him standing in a quiet dressing room after being eliminated. Tuesday night, the room seemed especially hushed, because this was a Game 7 and the Sharks had come so close to defeating the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings.”
-Analysis, photo gallery

Tim Kawakami: San Jose Sharks and what might have been
“This Sharks team was grittier, tougher and just plain better suited for the Stanley Cup playoffs than most of the previous eight editions of the Joe Thornton Era.”
-Analysis, quotes

George Alfano: Antti Niemi holds back Los Angeles Kings – except for second-period segment
“Kings goalkeeper Jonathan Quick was better than Niemi during the series. That’s far from any negative indictment against Niemi’s play. Quick, who was outstanding in leading the Kings to win the 2012 Stanley Cup, had two shutouts and made some key saves in the waning moments of the third period.”

Kevin Kurz: Sharks can’t bury chances in Game 7 loss
““I thought I had to jam it in right away when I had to regroup it. I thought I was getting more pressure than what I was,” he said. “I thought I had a quick second to get it back, but you go back and you see it on the jumbotron four times, and right away it’s one that’s an easy flick of the wrist up. It’s one you’ve got to have right at the very end.” – Joe Pavelski
-Game story, post-game locker room video

Kevin Kurz: Instant Replay: Sharks’ season ends with Game 7 loss in L.A.
-Statistics, notes, analysis

Kevin Kurz: Sharks Notes: End of Game 2 key; Couture sore
“It wasn’t the several missed scoring chances in Game 7 that necessarily cost the Sharks a chance to compete in the NHL’s final four, according to Todd McLellan.”
-Analysis, blog post

Ray Ratto: Are the Sharks ever going to earn their turn?
“And so it ends, again. The San Jose Sharks have exhausted themselves only to end up doing the sad-face handshakes, and face another summer of wondering if it will ever end a different way.”
-Commentary, analysis

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.